She lies in bed all day, silent and staring vacantly into space. The young girl, barely in her teens, hasn't spoken a word since police handed her over to a home for trafficked women in Nepal's border town of Birgunj. A gentle tap on her shoulder makes her sit up. She puts a hand gingerly on her forehead, her sunken eyes refusing to make contact. It's like staring down a vacuum. No answers.
It has been the same since the police found her disoriented near a bus park in Birgunj. "She was brought to us a week ago. She hasn't uttered a word since," says Parvati Khadka, caretaker at the home run by the NGO Maiti Nepal.
All she had was a bag of clothes. Though there were no identification documents or family details, police inquiries put her name as Kavita Bhatraila, her age as 13 and her home as one of the many thousands in central Nepal's Sindhupalchowk district flattened during the April 25 earthquake.
An estimated 90 per cent of the houses in Sindhupalchowk were damaged in the quake that killed close to 9,000 across Nepal and maimed many thousands more."
Read article by Sai Manish from DNA India.